“Lampung’s Veterinary Hall is still looking into the phenomenon. However, there is a strong suspicion that it is swine flu. The report may have stated 878 pigs, but it is likely that the figure is in the thousands,” said Jafrizal.
According to Jafrizal, for now, the African Swine Flu virus can only be transmitted among animals.
Thus, farmers have emptied their stables and not carry out any activity for the next three months. The goal is to create a sterile environment once again.
“This virus stays on the stable for a very long time,” said Jafrizal.
The Indonesian government must be more cautious with this phenomenon since the swine flu (H1N1) has started to spread in China.
“This virus can spread to humans. This must be prevented,” said Jafrizal.
Bali pigs follow suit
Bali’s Pig Farmers Association has also reported similar sudden deaths in pigs across the island on July 2.